The Farmers Bank & Trust Board honored Larry Keenan for his involvement of 25 years as Chairman and Vice Chairman and facilitator of the board meetings. Larry has been a strong leader on the board for 44 years and will continue his responsibilities as an active board member. "Larry has done an excellent job of guiding the board meetings over the years. He has provided unparalleled leadership," said W. R. Robbins, CEO and Chairman.
American State Bank and Trust Company will sponsor a free day-long agriculture seminar featuring Randy Blach and Dr. David Kohl from 10:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20th at the Great Bend Convention Center, 3017 10th Street. Both speakers are nationally-known industry experts who are actively involved in ag marketing, economics and management.
The goal was to reach $10 million by the end of 2015 but because of several significant donations late last year, the Golden Belt Community Foundation (GBCF) is three years ahead of schedule.
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Marty and Karen Loving of Pawnee Rock announce the engagement of their daughter, Tiffany, to Daniel Cutting, son of Dennis and Carol Cutting of Manhattan. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Bob and Dorothy Maneth of Great Bend and Aletha Loving Pawnee Rock and the late Jack Loving.
Gary and Verlea Ross of Hoisington will celebrated their 50th anniversary on Feb. 14.
Since becoming mayor, the City of Great Bend has once again become a community that looks to the future. These 14 years have witnessed a complete turnaround in Great Bend; from "the last one out of town, turn out the lights" to a growth attitude with many stepping forward with ideas and investment. The population of Great Bend has increased from 14,750 to more than 16,000 ..
Ron Estes, State Treasurer, will be presenting an informative seminar on 520 Educational Plans. He is being sponsored by the American Eagle Club & American State Bank & Trust. This seminar will be at 10 a.m. on Wednesday at the Front Door, 1615 10th Street. Reservations required as seating is limited. Call Krista at 620-793-4275 to reserve your spot.
The following meals will be served February 19 through February 22. The secondary schools also have available daily: Main dish second choices, chef's salad, combo lunches and choice of vegetables and dessert. The breakfast menu is offered only to students in USD 428. Menus are subject to change without notice. Milk served with all meals. All meals as offered meet USDA nutritional guidelines.
On Feb. 9, ten members of the Barton County 4H air rifle program traveled to Offerle for the Edwards County Air Rifle Match. There were a total of 47 competitors representing 12 counties from across Kansas. The Barton County participants brought home nine individual medals and a 2nd place team medal.
The following well-balanced and nutritious Friendship Meals will be served for lunch at the Great Bend Senior Center, 2005 Kansas Ave. Meals are served with milk; donations for coffee and tea are accepted.
The annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Great Bend Noon Kiwanis will be held at 9:30 a.m. sharp on Saturday, April 4, at the Kiwanis Walking Track on the north side of Veterans Memorial Park. The event is open to all area children pre-school through 6th grade. There will be Easter eggs and prizes given for special eggs.
These photos were taken Saturday at the 21st annual Central Kansas Spring Expo. With 194 exhibitors, there is something for everyone. The expo continues Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Expo Complex west of Great Bend. Admission is free until noon. In the afternoon it is $1 for adults; children will be admitted for free. Many vendors have featured products.
The Golden Belt Community Concert Association has announced its schedule of concerts for the 2015-16 season and has launched its membership campaign, which will continue through April 18.
Editor's note: Great Bend's League of Women Voters asked local candidates for 100-word biographies prior to last week's forum. They are printed as submitted, following the LVW rules.
In recognition of the month of April as Parkinson's Disease Awareness Month, the Golden Belt Parkinson's Disease Support Group will meet at Heartland Farm, west of Great Bend, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 7.
Dorothy Mae Dawson, 88, died March 25, 2015, at Almost Home Inc. in Great Bend. She was born June 25, 1926, at Great Bend, the daughter of Robert John and Mary Ethel (Davidson) Herren.
Delia "Dee" Farminer, 73, died March 26, 2015, at her home in North Newton. Born March 13, 1942, in Southampton, England, she was the daughter of Thomas and Gwendoline (Hooker) Eldridge. On Aug. 19, 1961, she married Eric Farminer in Southampton, England. He died on March 25, 1996. A resident of Great Bend since 1965, coming from Southampton, England, she recently lived in North Newton to be close to family. She was a caregiver for Elder Care.
Sister Connie Haug (Sister Omer), 80, died March 26, 2015, in the Dominican Sisters' convent infirmary in Great Bend. Born Sept. 28, 1934, in Seneca, as Constance Lucille Haug, Sister Connie was the daughter of Omer and Lucille Noll Haug. She entered the Dominican Sisters' Community in Great Bend on Aug. 28, 1952, and pronounced her first vows on June 13, 1955. She celebrated 50 years of religious profession in 2005.
BOULDER, Colo. - James Lane Williams, 91, of Boulder, Colo., died of natural causes on March 26, 2015, surrounded by his family. The son of Marie Steckel and J.O. Williams, he was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Ellinwood. His family lived in several towns in Oklahoma and Kansas before settling in Great Bend in 1937. He served in the United States Army during World War II and married Helen Thompson on March 25, 1944, while stationed in El Paso, Texas. He and Helen were married for 60 great years.
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LINDSBORG – Five students in the Bethany College athletic training program earned recognition from the Kansas Athletic Trainer's Society (KATS) for their efforts in 2014.
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: "Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talking, writing, drawing, reading, or using your cell phone." Because millions of children are taking Common Core standardized tests this time of year, I did her one better. I took a 4th-grade English Language Arts practice test. The good news is I passed.